TORONTO - Roger Clemens is ready to return to the New York Yankees' rotation and likely will start at the Chicago White Sox next Monday.

Clemens pitched six shutout innings for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Monday, and Yankees manager Joe Torre said before Tuesday's game against Toronto that he'll stay with Chien-Ming Wang, Mike Mussina and Andy Pettitte as his starters for this weekend's series at AL East-leading Boston.

Torre wasn't ready to finalize his decision.

"Until I talk to him personally, it's tough to pick a particular day," he said.

If Clemens is put on the major league roster Monday, he would receive $18,207,665 this season, a prorated share of his $28,000,022 salary.

REDS: Outfielder Ryan Freel was released from the hospital Tuesday and placed on the 15-day disabled list a day after he was hurt in a frightening outfield collision.

Freel suffered contusions to his head and neck when he ran into right fielder Norris Hopper in the third inning of Monday's 4-0 win over Pittsburgh. Freel lay motionless for several minutes before he was taken off the field on a stretcher.

The 31-year-old Freel was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, where tests on his neck and head came back normal.

Freel will see head and spine specialist Dr. John Brannan today.